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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1874, 
by W. C. Sharpk, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, 
at Washington. 






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PREFACE. 




ESPECT for and a laudable curiosity to 
know something of one's ancestry, are well 
rewarded when upon due search they are 
found of such varied station and interest as 
are those whose record is briefly given in 
the following pages. 

Among the descendants of the Sharps 
of Bradford in Yorkshire, England, were Dr. 
John Sharp, Archbishop of York; his son Thomas, 
born 1693, Archdeacon of Northumberland, and Gran- 
ville Sharp, son of the Archdeacon, famous as having 
been the principal promoter of the abolition of slavery 
in the West Indies ; James Sharpe, Archbishop of St. 
Andrews, born in Banffshire in 1618 ; and Abraham 
Sh^rp, a famous mathematician, born at Little Horton 
in 1651. On the American side of the Atlantic the 
same predilection for Theology seem to attach to the 
family name. We here only name Rev. Samuel Sharp 
of Boston, Rev. Solomon Sharp of Maryland, Rev. 
Daniel Sharp of Missouri, and Rev. James M. Sharp 
of South Carolina. In quite a different field was Col. 
Benn Sharp of Missouri, and others who will be men- 
tioned hereafter. The work is incomplete, yet puts in 
convenient form the material which has been accumu- 
lating for some years, hoping that in a future edition 
that which is now lacking may be supplied. The 
preparation of the following pages has been facilitated 
by reference to the Life of Dr. John Sharp, published 
in London in 1825 ; Life of Granville Sharp, published 
in London in 1828 ; Young's Chronicles of Massachus- 
etts; Winthrop's New England; Colonial Records of 
Connecticut ; General Dictionary of New England ; 
Geneological Journal; various Town and Probate 
Records; Family Records, etc. The family name has 
been spelled either with or without the "e" according 
to the custom of each individual referred to. 



Thomas and Samuel Sharpe of Boston. 

Thomas Sharpe, born in England about 1580, 
was appointed assistant to Endicott, the new Governor 
of Massachusetts, in 1629. He sailed from London 
on the Arabella in the fleet with Winship, and was 
present at the court held on the Arabella March 23rd, 
1629. He was the sixth member of the Boston Church. 

He filled his office of Assistant to the Governor, as 
it was then termed, and member of the Council of 
Massachusetts Colony without interruption until personal 
misfortunes caused him to long to return to the land of 
his nativity. 

These were the death of his daughter, January 30th, 
1631, and the burning of his house March 17th by, 
the Indians. 

He embarked at Salem with Sir Richard Saltonstsll 
and family on board the Lions Whelp, April 1st, 1631, 
and arrived in London April 30th. 

Samuel Sharpe sailed from the Hope, a reach in 
the Thames,, just below Gravesend, in the G-eorge Bona- 
ventura, and was the bearer of dispatches from the 
King, Charles I, to the Massachusetts Colony, contain- 
ing instructions to Gov. Endicott and his Council. He 
arrived at Salem June 13th, 1629. He was "Ruling 
Elder" of the Church in Salem until his death in 1658. 

Both Thomas and Samuel Sharpe are frequently 
mentioned in Winthrop's New England, Young's Chron- 
icles of Massachusetts, General Dictionary of New 
England, Genealogical Journal, &c. 



1 - THOMAS SHARP. 



Thomas Sharp of Bradford, in the county of York 
married Dorothy, eldest daughter of Mr. John Weddal 
of Widdington, a younger branch of the WeddaFs of 
Earswick, near York. Her mother was a daughter of 
the family of the Cutts in Cambridgeshire. 

He was the second son of the owner of an estate call- 
ed Woodhouse, near Bradford, being a younger branch of 
the Sharps of Little Horton, in the same neighbour- 
hood : among whom there had been kept up, not only 
a succession of Thomas and John alternately for many 
generations, but, what was much more for their credit, a 
taste for letters and polite studies; for there were some 
among them who were considerable for their writings, in- 
somuch that, it was said to be rare to meet with so many 
of the learned authors so nearly allied. 

The family of the Sharp's had been very ancient in 
Bradfordale; but all the writings (except some registers) 
by which any further knowledge of them might have 
been gained, were lost or destroyed at the taking of Brad- 
ford, in the civil wars. 



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He was not a little inclined to puritanism according 
to the temper of those times, and much favored the par- 
liament party. He was in great favor with the Lord 
Fairfax, who made his headquarters at his house in 
Bradford, and showed him all the kindness, and did him 
all the service that he could. Among other expressions 
of his favor, his lordship offered him a commission, which 
probably he had accepted, had not his wife who was a 
strenuous royalist, with great difficulty persuaded him 
not to accept it. During these troublous times it was 
her particular care to instill her own principles of loyalty 
to the king and esteem for the liturgy into their children, 
with what effect is especially seen in the after rank and 
position of the eldest son John. He died in 1670. 



2 - Dr. JOHN SHAEP. 



Dr. John Sharp, Archbishop of York, son of the pro- 
ceeding, was born at Bradford, on Shrove Sunday, Feb. 
16th, 1644. His early training instilled into his mind 
that reverence for the Supreme Being which determined 
the pursuit of his subsequent life. He was sent to the 
school at Bradford until fifteen, during which time he 
was instructed by his father in writing shorthand and 
made to repeat every Sunday in the evening all that had 
been delivered that day in the congregation, which gave 
him such a perfect knowledge of this manner of writing 
as was afterwards of great service to him. 

At fifteen he had made such progress in learning as 
that his father determined to send him direct to the 
University. He was admitted to Christ's College in 
Cambridge April 26th, 1660, just before the restoration 
of the King. In his fourth college year he was made 
" Scholar of the House," and in 1667 he received his 
" Master's Degree." He entered Holy Orders August 
12th, 1667, and was ordained Deacon and Priest the 
same day in St. Margarets, Westminster , by virtue of a 
faculty from the Archbishop of Canterbury, by the hands 
of Dr. Fuller, then Bishop of Limerick, afterwards of 
Lincoln. He was then appointed Chaplain and Instruc- 
tor in the family of Sir. Heneage Finch, Solicitor Gen- 
eral, then living in Kensington house. 



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In 1669 he was incorporated Master of Arts at Ox 
ford. When twenty-eight years of age he was appoint- 
ed by the King Archdeacon of Berks. He was institu- 
ted into the Rectory of St. Giles January 3d, 1676. 
The next spring he married Elizabeth Palmer, of Win- 
thorp, in Lincolnshire. In 1679 he received from the 
University of Oxford the degree of Doctor in Divinity. 
He continued Rector of St. Giles sixteen years, and of 
him during this time Bishop Burnett says " He was one 
of the most popular preachers of the age." 

In 1681 King Charles appointed him Dean of Nor- 
wich. April 20, 1686 he was appointed Chaplain in 
ordinary to his Majesty. James II. About this time he 
lost two of his sons in two days and buried them the 
third. He was appointed to preach Sunday Jan. 27th, 
before King William III, and on the 30th, before the 
House of Commons. On September 7th, 1689 he was 
appointed Dean of Canterbury, and soon after the 
Bishopric of Norwich was offered him, which he de- 
clined, but he was soon nominated by the King Arch- 
bishop of York, and being duly elected was enthroned 
at York July 16th, and on October 5th, was introduced 
into the House of Lords. He was then forty-seven years 
of age and sat in the See of York over twenty-two years. 
During this time he compiled several works among which 
were — The lives and acts of the Archbishops from 
Paulinus, An. 625, and the History of York Minster. He 
had issue fourteen children ; seven sons and seven daugh- 
ters, of whom only two of each sex survived him. He 
died in 1713 and his body was interred at York in St. 
Mary's Chapel, where a sumptuous monument was erected. 



3— JOHN SHAKP. 

John Sharp, Esq., of Grafton Park, was the eldest son 
of Dr. John Sharp, Archbishop of York. He married 
Anna Maria, daughter of Charles and Mary Hosier, of 
Berwick, county of Salop. 

He served his country and her Majesty Queen Ann 
in several Parliaments, and at the Board of Trade. He 
was elected to the House of Commons from the Borough 
of Ripon. He was a polite scholar, an accomplished 
gentleman, a most affectionate husband and father, a true 
friend, and a desirable companion. Beloved and esteem- 
ed by all who knew him, he died much lamented, at 
Grafton Park, March 9th, 1726, aged 49, He was 
buried in Wicken Church, Northamptonshire, 

His wife, born Oct. 21st, 1691, died Sept, 30th, 1747. 

His son, John Hosier Sharp, died Jan. 6th, 1734, 
aged 13 years. 

His daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Prowse, Esq. 
of Axbridge, county of Somerset. 

His daughter Mary married James Booth, Esq., of 
Whitfield, in Hertfordshire. 



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3— THOMAS SHARP, D. D. 



Thomas Sharp, D. D., Archdeacon of Northumber- 
land, son of Dr. John Sharp, Archbishop of York, was 
born Dec. 12th, 1693. 

He was married June 19th, 1722, to Judith, daughter 
of the Rev. Sir George Wheler, by whom he had 
fourteen children, among whom were Dr. John Sharp, 
Granville, William, James, Elizabeth* and Judith. 

His life was published in London in 1829, in two 
volumes. 

He died in 1758, and was buried In the West End 
of the Cathedral Church of Durham, in the chapel 
called the Gallilee, as was also his wife Judith, who 
was born in 1700, died 1757. 

His daughter Elizabeth, married to George Prowse, 
Esq., of Wicken Park, died Feb. 22. 1810, aged 77. 

He was eminent not only for Piety and Prudence, but 
great learning and critical judgement- 
He distinguished himself in the Hutchinsonian con- 
troversy, in which his accurate knowledge of the He- 
brew tongue gave him a decided advantgae over Mr. 
Hutchinson and his followers. His Tract on the Rubric 
and Canons of the Church of England in highly es- 
teemed, as indeed are all his Charges to the Clergy of 
Northumberland, over whom he presided many years as 
Archdeacon. 

He was a Prebendary of the Cathedral and Collegiate 
Churches of York, Southwell and Durham, Rector of 
Rothbury, and one of Lord Crewe's Trustees. 



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4— JOHN SHARP, D. D. 



John Sharp. D. D., eldest son of Thomas and Judith 
Sharp, was born March 21st, 1723. He was married 
l>ec. 4th, 1752, to Mary, Daughter of Dr. Heneage 
Dering, Dean of Bipon, by whom he had one daughter, 
Anne Jemima. He was a Prependary of Durham, 
Archdeacon of Northumberland, Vicar of Hartburn, 
and Senior Trustee of the Estates of the late Nathaniel 
Lord 'Crewe, Bishop of Durham, whose Charities he 
was indefatigable in promoting, having repaired and 
roofed the old ruined Tower of Bamburg Castle, at the 
joint expense of himself and his brother, the Bev^ 
Thomas Sharp. He trod in the steps of his excellent 
father, and was eminent for learning and piety, and for 
exemplary attention to his duties, both in his Church 
and in his Archdeaconry. 

He was appointed Curate of the Perpetual Curacy of 
Bamburg, on the death of his brother Thomas, 1772. 

He died in April, 1792, and was buried in the Galli- 
lee, as was also his widow Mary, born 1720, died 1798. 

Anne Jemima, daughter of John Sharp (4), born 
1762, died 1816. 



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4— GRANVILLE SHARP. 

Granville Sharp, ninth son of the Rev.-Thornas 
Sharp, D. D., Prebendary of the Cathedrals and Colle- 
giate Churches of York, Southwell, and Durham, and 
G-randson of Dr. John Sharp, Archbishop of York. 
Born and Educated in the bosom Of the Church of 
England, he ever cherished for her Institutions the 
most unshaken regard, while his whole soul was in har- 
mony with the sacred strain — "Glory to God in the 
highest, on earth peace, good will towards Men," on 
which his life presented one beautiful comment of glow- 
ing piety and unwearied beneficence. Freed by compe- 
tence from necessity, and by content from the desire of 
lucrative occupation, he was incessant in his labors to 
improve the condition of Mankind, founding public 
happiness on public virtue he aimed to rescue his native 
country from the guilt and inconsistency of employing 
the arm of Freedom to rivet the fetters of Bondage, 
and established for the Negro Race, in the person t>f 



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Somerset, the long disputed rights of Human Nature. 
Having, in this glorious cause, triumphed over the com- 
bined resistance of interest, prejudice, and pride, he 
took his post among the foremost of the honorable band 
associated to deliver Africa from the rapacity of Eu- 
rope, by the abolition of the Slave Trade, nor was death 
permitted to interrupt his career of usefulness, till he 
had witnessed that act of the British Parliament, by 
which "the Abolition" was decreed. In his private 
relations he was equally exemplary ; and having exhib- 
ited through his life, a model of disinterested virtue, 
he resigned his pious spirit into the hands of his Crea- 
tor, in the exercise of Charity, and Faith, and Hope, 
on the 6th day of July, 1813, in the 78th year of his 
age. 

The above was inscribed on a Mural Monument, 
erected to his memory by the African Institution of 
London, in Westminster Abbey. 

On a bust of Granville Sharp, prepared by order of 
the Council of London, and placed in the Council 
Chamber at Guildhall, are the following wor*ds : 

"Granville Sharp, to whom England owes the glori- 
ous verdict of her highest court of law, that the Slave 
who sets his foot on British ground becomes at that 
instant free. Born Nov. 10th, 1735. Died July 6th, 
1813." 



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4— WILLIAM SHAEP. 



William Sharp. Esq., of Fulham House, son of 
Thomas Sharp, D. D., Archdeacon of Northumberland, 
was an eminent Surgeon. He married Catharines daugh- 
ter of Thomas Barwick, Esq., who died Feb. 9th, 1814, 
aged 73 years. 

William Sharp died March 17, 1810, aged 81 years. 

5 - Mary, daughter of William Sharp, married Lloyd 
Baker, Esq., of of Hardwick, Gloucestershire, and left 
a son and two daughters. 

4 - Elizabeth Prowse of Wicken Park, Northampton- 
shire, daughter of Thomas Sharp, (3), died Feb. 23, 
1810, aged 77. 

4- Judith Sharp, daughter of Thomas and Judith 
Sharp, born 1733, died 1809. 

' 4— THOMAS SHAEP. 

Thomas Sharp, D. D., son of Thomas and Judith 
Sharp, was Curate of Bamborough until his death, Nov. 
25th, 1772. 

James Sharp, (4), of Clare Hall, was the son of 
Thomas and Judith Sharp. 

His daughter Catharine, married Rev. Andrew Boult 
of Bamborough, in Northumberland. 



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THOMAS SHARP of Stratford. 



Thomas Sharp, a native of England, born about 1680, 
emigrated to Stratford about 1700. In 1701 he mar- 
ried Lydia Dickinson of Stratford. In 1708 he was 
one of 36 petitioners to whom the township of New- 
town was granted on condition that they settle there 
within four years and remain four years, but the number 
of proprietors was subsequently increased to 48. He 
soon sold the extensive lands he had purchased in 
Stratford and removed with his family to Newtown. 
At a town meeting Sept. 4th, 1711, Ebenezer Prindle 
and Thomas Sharp were appointed Surveyors of High- 
way for the year ensuing. By the several divisions of 
plcts of land during two or three years following he 
and his heirs acquired several hundred acres of land, 
the larger part of the township being still unsurveyed 
and undivided. 

He died in 1712, leaving five children. 

(6) Thomas, bora Mar. 18th, 1702 

Mary, " Oct. 10th, 1703 

William, * Aug, 19th, 1705 

John, " Eel). 1st, 1708 

Elizabeth, " Apr. 18th, 1712. 

His wife Lydia survived him about forty years. 



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THOMAS SHARP of Newtown. 



Thomas Sharp, (b^ sou of Thomas and Lydia Sharp, 
was born in Stratferd, Mar. 18th, 1702, and was there- 
fore at the time of his father's death in Newtown hut 
ten years of age. Advantage was taken of this to de- 
prive the family of a considerable portion of their 
rights as heirs of one of the original proprietors of 
Newtown. As late as Dec. 15th, 1751, a protest is on 
the town records by the widow Lydia Sharp, showing 
the course taken. 

He married Sarah Coser Feb. 17th, 1745. His 
children were : 

(c) Thomas, born May 28th, 1746 ; 

Lydia, " Dec, 16th, 1748 ; 

John, " ]^ov. 12th, 1750; 

Eliakim, " Dec. 5th, 1752; 

Jesse, " Jan. 30th, 1755; 

Sarah, " Mar. 25th, 1760. 

Thomas Sharp, (b) died April 17th, 1765, aged 63 
years. 



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THOMAS SHARP of Oxford. 



Thomas Sharp, (c) son of Thomas and Sarah 
Sharp, was born in Newtown in 1746. He married m 
Mary Treadwell, and removed to Ridgefield and after- 
ward to Oxford. His children were: 
(d) Polly, born June 30th, 1771 ; married Stephen 
Galpin, died Oct. 30th, 1851. 
Lydia, born Apr. 18th, 1774; died Jan. 28, 1778. 
Floranna, born Feb. 20th, 1778; married Cory- 
don Kelsie of Vermont, died in the fall of 1841. 
Mary Ann, born July 11th, 1781 ; married Joseph 
Thompson of West Haven, died Mar. 23, 1^65. 
Amy, born July 11th, 1783 ; married Sherwood 

Stratton of Bridgeport, died Aug. 6th, 1843. 
Daniel, born April 22nd, 1785 ; married Polly 

Bennett, died Mar. 28th, 1870. 
Philander, born Mar. 24th, 1787 ; married Sarah 

Davis, died April 30th, 1859. 
Henry, born Oct. 7th, 1789; married Polly Sher- 
man, died Oct. 27th, 1823. 
Hannah, born Dec. 7, 1791, died May 20, 1820. 
Abia, born Dec. 7, 1791, died June 28, 1817. 
Lugrand, born June 1, 1797. See page 21. 
Thomas Sharp, (c) died in Oxford, near Zoar Bridge, 
March 14th, 1805. 



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John Sharp, (c) enlisted in the British army in 
1776, and died about ten months after in Harlem 
meeting-house, which was then used as a hospital. 

Eliakim Sharp, (c) married Hester Wetmore. 
Nov. 25th, 1773. Their children were 
((/) Esther, born Sept. 16th, 1756, died March, 1839. 

Andrew, born Aug. 17, 1775, died Nov. 26, 1790. 

Betsey, born Nov. 5, 1776, mar. Burr Tomlinson. 

Mabel, born Oct. 11, 1779. 

Ruth Ann, born June 10, 1784. 

Lydia Ann, born March 22,1788, died Feb.7, 1817. 

Mary, born Oct. 18, 1789. 

John W., born Aug. 10, 1791, died Nov. 7, 1815. 

Annice, born Aug. 10, 1791. 
John died in Liverpool, England, and was buried in 
St. John's Churchyard. 

Lydia Ann was buried in Huntington. 

Annice married John W. Robert, and removed to Ohio. 



Jesse Sharp, (c) born Jan. 30th, 1755, had 
children — 
(d) Sally, married Yale. 

John, born 1690, married Kate Dawson, who died 
at the age of 35. John died Oct. 27, 1825. 

William, married the daughter of Moses Beardsley. 

Lydia, married William Dart. 

Nancy, married Dart, brother to William. 

Hepsey, married Scoville. ; 

David, went to sea while young jmd never returned. 



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Lugrand Sharpe, son of Thomas and Mary 
Sharpe, was born in Ridgefield, June 1st, 1797. He 
was married to Olive M. Booth, daughter of Ebenezer 
and Anna Booth of Southford, Sept. 28th, 1823, by 
Rev. Laban Clark. He purchased a homestead in 
Southford, where he lived until April, 1813, when he 
removed to Seymour. His children were — 

Mary x\nn, married John James of Ansonia. 

Olive Maria, married Albert W. Lounsbury of Oxford. 

Elizabeth, married Rev. Walter Chamberlin of the 
Newark Conference. 

Henry, died in infancy, (aged 14 months & 15 days. ) 

John Wesley, died in Seymour, aged 1C. 

Thomas, married Lottie McLain. 

Daniel Smith, died in Seymour, in his 13th year. 

William Carvosso, married Vinie A. Lewis of Monroe. 

Andrew Benedict, died in infancy, (in his 2nd year.) 

David Watson, married Emily Lewis of Monroe. 

Olive M. Sharpe died March 8th, 1864, aged 49 years, 
7 months and 8 days. >jky 

"Gone before us, dearest mother, 

To the spirit land ! 
Vainly look we for another 

In thy place to stand. 
Not lost to memory or lost to love, 
But gone to our father's house above ) 
She sleeps in Jesus, but shall soon arise 
To claim, through him, her mansion in the skies." 



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Polly Sharp, married Stephen G-alpin, and had 
children — Stephen, Ourtiss, Polly, Maria and Leman. 

Mary Ann Sharp, married Joseph Thompson 
of West Haven. Their children were Fanny, Cynthia. 
Louisa, Jedhuthun, Charles, George, Lucinda, Joseph 
and Jane. 

Daniel Sharp, son of Thomas and Mary Sharp, 
was born April 22nd, 1785. He married Polly Ben- 
nett, by whom he had Sherman Judson, and Legrand 
Thomas. 

Polly Sharp died Feb. 10th, 1858. 

Daniel Sharp died Mar. 28th, 1870. 

Philander Sharp, married Sarah Davis. Her 
children were Sarah, Eugene, George, Alfred and Mary. 
He died April 30th, 1859. 

Henry Sharp, married Polly Sherman and had 
children — 

Urzelia, married Thomas Clingham ; 
Henrietta, married William Wakeman ; 
Walker. 



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STKATTON 



Amy Sharp, daughter of Thomas and Mary Sharp, 
married Sherwood Stratton. Their children were : 
Legrand, 
Sherwood, married Cynthia Thompson, daughter of 

Mary Ann Sharp and Joseph Thompson of West 

Haven, and had children, Jane, Elizabeth, and 

Charles S., alias Tom Thumb. 
Laurena, married Shelton B. Stratton, had children 

Charles, Shelton B. and Francis, who married 

Daniel Bostwick. 
Lossana, married Elijah Peet. 
Henry, 
Daniel. 



John Sharp, son of Thomas and Sarah Sharp, 
married Phedina Lake, Nov. 23, 1773. Their children 
were : 

Lucy, born Oct. 11th, 1773; 

Rena, born Aug, 4th, 1776. 



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Rev. Daniel Sharpe, D. D., was born in 
Huttersfield, Yorkshire Co., Eng., Dec. 25th. 1783, 
emigrated to America, and was pastor of the Charles 
St. Baptist Church and Society, Boston, from Apr. 29, 
1812 to the time of his death, which occurred June 
23, 1853, in the 70th year of his age, while at Stone- 
leigh, near Baltimore, Maryland. His remains were 
interred in Chapel Avenue, corner Hyacinth Path, 
Mount Auburn Cemetery. 

Rev. Solomon Sharpe, was received as a 
Methodist Minister in 1793, and preached forty years 
at various stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and 
Delaware. 

Rev. David Sharpe, of the Missouri Confer- 
ence of the M. E. Church was Presiding Elder of 
several districts. 

Rev. James M. Sharpe, was stationed at 
Oakmulgie, South Carolina, in 1813. 

Rev. James C. Sharpe, was stationed at Salt- 
ketcher the same year. 



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Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. 

Col. Benn Sharpe of Danville, Missouri, son of 
John D. Sharpe, was a native of Lee County, Virginia, 
born April 10th, 1828. After acquiring a very liberal 
education he commenced the study of law under his 
father. Upon finishing his course of study in his fa- 
ther's office he spent two years at West Point. He 
married Miss Mary E. Rebeck, and in 1844 removed to 
Missouri. In 1853 he was elected Senator. When the 
rebellion assumed so bold a front in Missouri, Col. 
Sharpe resolved to devote himself for the preservation 
of the Union, but while performing an act of kindness 
for a brother officer he was cruelly assassinated by a 
minion of the slavocracy. His motto was "Jaris prascepta 
sunt hsec honeste, alteram non laedere, suum cuique 
tribuere," Justinian. 

Albert W. Lounsbury, married Olive Maria 
Sharpe, enlisted in the 20th Conn. Volunteers, Aug. 
9th, 18|j2, and served till the close of the war. He 
was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and taken to Libby 
prison at Richmond, but was soon paroled. In about 
nine months he was exchanged and rejoined his regi- 
ment in Tennesee, and was with General Sherman in 
his celebrated "march to the sea." 

David W. Sharpe, son of Lugrand Sharpe of 
Seymour, Ct., in 1861 enrolled himself as a volunteer 
in Company. B, 1st Conn. Artillery, in which he served 
.''during the war," re-enlisting when his three years 
term had nearly expired. He served under McClellan 
and Grant and was in the battles of Yorktown, Chicka- 
hominy, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Dutch Gap, &c. 



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William Sharpe of Pecksburg, Indiana, enlisted 
in August, 1862, and served during the war. 



James Sharpe, Archbishop of St. Andrews, was 
born in Banffshire, Eng., in 1618. 

Abraham Sharpe, was born at Little Horton, 
near Little Bradford in 1651. He was an eminent 
mathematician. Died July 18th, 1742. 

Richard Sharpe embarked for Virginia July 4th, 
1635, in the Transport of London. 

Robert Sharpe embarked for Virginia July 27th, 
1635, in the Primrose. He was then 21 years of age. 

John Sharpe was born Dec. 1, 1642. 

Richard Sharpe s^as recorded a freeman Oct. 
7th, 1764. (The four above of Boston, Mass.) 

Peter Sharpe was a member of Assembly for 
Sussex Co., New Jersey, from 1793 to 1797, and 
Joseph Sharpe in 1800. 1804, 1805 and 1810 to 1815. 

Jacob Sharpe of Sussex Co., N. J., was born in 
1776, died Dec. 31st, 1856, aged 79* years. 

Sarah, daughter of Thomas Sharpe of Newtown, 
married John Blake Vose, a soldier in the patriot army 
during the American Revolution. At the time of ob- 
taing his pension was living in Bridgeport. 

Rev. Charles W. Sharpe, son of Sherman J. 
Sharpe, graduate of Yale in 1859. 

William Sharpe was Deputy for Pomfrett to the 
General Assembly of Connecticut in 1722 and 1725. 



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Thomas Sharpe, son of Lugrand Sharpe, carpen- 
ter and builder in Macon and Forsyth, Ga., 1855 to 
1861, and in Seymour 1861 et seq. 

Wm. C. Sharpe, teacher from 1857 to 1867 and 
printer in Seymour 1868 et seq. 

David W. Sharpe, Bridge-master on the Derby 
and New Haven R. R. 1873, et seq. 



New York City. 

Jacob Sharpe, m. Maria Bommer, Nov. 2, 1728. 
Daniel Sharpe, m. Rachel Van Nord, Mar. 30, 1758. 
Jacob Sharpe, m. Frances Shaats, Feb. 14, 1760. 
Peter Sharpe, Alderman, 2nd Ward, 1831, 2 and 3. 



ERRATA. 

Page 10, seventh line, before Granville insert Thomas. 
See life of Dr. John Sharpe, pages 252 and 266. 



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Members of Congress. 

Solomon P. Sharp, — He was bom in Virginia, 
but removed to Kentucky when a child ; he received a 
limited education, but studied law, and was admitted to 
the bar when nineteen years of age, and was successful ; 
he served a number of years in the State Legislature ; 
was Attorney-General of the State; and a Representa- 
tive in Congress, from Kentucky, from 1813 to 1817. 
He fell by the hand of an assassin, while a member of 
the Legislature, in November, 1835, aged fifty-five 
years; and a legislative reward of $3,000, for the ar- 
rest of the murderer, was offered, but in vain. 

Peter Sharpe. — He was a member of the As- 
sembly: of New York from 1814 to 1820, officiating a 
number of sessions as Speaker ; he was also a member 
of the "State Constitutional Convention" of 1821 ; a 
Representative in Congress, from 1823 to 1825 ; and a 
member of the "Tariff Convention' 7 held in 1827. 

William Sharpe. — He was a Delegate, from 
North Carolina, to the Continental Congress, from 1779 
to 1782. 

William S. Sharp of Salem, N. J., was in 
1860 appointed Deputy Quarter -master General, U. S. 
A., with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For several 
years subsequent to the war he was editor and publisher 
of the "National Standard," Salem, N. J., and in 1874 
commenced the publication of the "Public Opinion, " 
daily and weekly, at Trenton, N. J., in company with 
E. W. Sharp. 



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STRATTOK 

SHERWOOD, son of Thomas Stratton, married 
Martha Edwards and lived to the age of 96. 

CHILDREN. 

Seth Sherwood, married Amy, daughter of Thomas 

and Mary Sharp. 
Eunice, married Gershom Porter of Easton. 

Children — Granville, married Margaret Dutcher. 
Stratton, married Caroline Dutcher. 

Samuel Edward, married Betsey Eowell. 
Children — Shelton B., Samuel E., George S., Mary Ann, 
married John Beaeb. 

Children of Seth Sherwood Stratton. 

Seth Legrand, married Nancy Stetson of Boston. 
Children — Joan, Nancy and Jane died young. 

Augusta, married Marks of Stratford, 
Adaline, married Maria Hiuman. 
Legrand, married Hubbell. 
George, was in tbe army ; and Jobn. 

Sherwood Edward, married Cynthia Thompson, 
daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann* Thompson of 
West Haven. 

Children — Jane, Elizabeth, Charles S., alias Tom Thumb, and 
William. 

Laurena, married Shelton B. Stratton. 

Children — Charles T., Shelton B.; and Francis, married 
Daniel Boswick. 

Lossena, married Elijah Peet. 
Children — Laura Ann, married Beach ; Harriet Los- 
sena, married Lemuel Sherman ; Jane 
Eliza, married Elihu Taylor of Easton. 

Daniel, married Snsan Curtiss of Stratford. 

Children — Elizabeth, married Frank Booth of Stratford. 
Children— Freddie, Susan, Flora. 
Edward Curtis. 

Henry T., married Caroline Mills of Westport, died 
Nov. 29, 1874. 

Children — Antoinette Amelia, married Benjamin Anson 
Fields ; Frederick Thomas, Emma Caro- 
line, Alice Louisa, Frank Slier wooit. 

* Daughter of Thomas and Mary Sharp. 



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LUGRAKD SHAKP. 

IN MEMOSIAM. 

Lugrand Sharp, son of Thomas and Mary Sharp, 
was born in Bidgefield, Ct., June 1st, 1797. He 
was a great-grand-son of Thomas Sharp of New- 
town, one of the original proprietors and a surveyor 
of the township of Newtown, by a grant of the legis- 
lature in 1708. His father died when he was but eight 
years of age, after purchasing land on the east side 
of the Housatonic near what is now known as Zoar 
and commencing to build a house which is still stand- 
ing. He learned the trade of shoemaking with Na- 
thaniel Betts of Middle Quarter, Woodbury, and during 
the time saved money with which he afterward paid 
expenses while at school. In the practice of his trade 
during the years ensuing, according to the custom of 
the time, he went from house to house, remaining 
a few weeks at each place and making up shoes for 
the year. Many in Southbury and adjoining towns 
will remember him in those early days. 

He was converted in 1811 and from that time he 
was a zealous worker in the cause he had espoused. 
In 1821 he bought of Nathan Harris of Southford 
the lot on which the Abbott mansion now stands, 
with the house in the rear and a few acres of land, 
renting it to Nathan Lake, until his marriage in 1823 
to Olive M. Booth, daughter of Ebenezer Booth, 
cabinet maker, who built the house now owned by 
Mr. Cutts and also the dam and factory on the oppo- 
site side of the road. He was an earnest laborer in 



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the Methodist Society formed at Southford, of which 
Rev, Samuel Hickox of Seymour was the first pastor. 
A uniou meeting-house was soon built and a class 
formed at Quaker Farms, of which he was the first 
leader. His house was always open to the hard- 
working itinerant preachers of those days and he 
continued to be one of the most active members of 
the Southford church until 1843, when he sold out 
and came to Humphreysville, afterwards Seymour. In 
1849 he built the house which he occupied until his 
death. He was for several years superintendent of 
the Sunday school, and since then an active member 
of it until within two or three years. Always eco- 
nomical in his habits, he was able to give his children 
good educational advantages and contribute liberally 
to such benevolent and religious purposes received his 
approval. During the last nine years of his life he 
gave over $1500.00 for the Missionary Cause beside 
what he gave to local religious institutions. 

His last years were literally and fully devoted to 
the service of the Lord, and when his last sickness 
came he felt that his work was done and he waited in 
patience for the Master's call. It was his urgent desire 
that his funeral should be attended without unnecessary 
display. Considering that life was given but to pre- 
pare for eternity, he never indulged in trifling conver- 
sation, but — always grave and sedate — he yet died 
with a smile upon his face, no doubt at sight of the 
angels who came to bear him home. 

"Servant of God. well done ! 

Rest from thy loved employ! 
The battle fought, the victory won, 

Enter thy Master's joy." 



From the New York Christian Advocate. 

Lugrand Sharp, of Seymour, Conn. 

A noble life was ended a few weeks ago in the town of Seymour,Conu. ? 
when Father Lug-rand Sharp of our Church, in that place, fell asleep 
in Jesus. For six-five years he was a member of the Methodist 
Church, having joined the society in those dark day.* when Dr. Em- 
mons and other eminent New England divines were cautioning their 
parishioners to beware of the Methodists, for they were wolves in 
sheep's clothing. All that is changed now. The whirligig of time 
brings about its revenges, and to day the'"wolves" are confessed to he 
lovers of their kind, of their country, and of their country's God. 

Father Sharp was born in Ridgefield in 1797. He came of a sturdy 
stock, old New Englanders, inured to hard work, and proud of their 
ability to earn their bread in the sweat of their brow. 

His life was typical of Methodism. At an early age be was an or- 
phan and poor, but by dint of honest work, economy and perseverauce. 
he attained a competency, and always had something to give away, 

Converted at the age of fourteen, he at once began to pray and labor 
in the social meetings ; and though laughed at for his youth and zeal, 
and sometimes for his blunders, yet he kept on working for Jesns 
through fifty-five long years. In Southford, where he "seemed to be 
a pillar" in the little Methodist society, he was class leader, steward, 
and Sunday school superintendant. 

Often Brother Sharp and one or more of his children would con- 
stitute the entire week night prayer meeting, till at last, in answer to 
many prayers, an extensive revival swept the town, and a meeting 
house was built. His house was, of course, the itinerant's home, 
where the Methodist preacher was always honored as an ambasador 
of God, and was welcome ; and, as in many other like cases, one of 
of the children is now in the itinerancy, and others are faithful servants 
of Methodism. 

In 1843 he removed to Seymour, where he resumed his labors for 
his Master, and was "faithful unto death." 

In a singular degree Father Sharp combined practical conscien- 
tiousness and integrity with an intense spirituality. Moral men are 
often unspiritual, and spiritual men are sometimes defective in conduct, 
but Father Sharp was at once righteous and devout. He had the 
keenest sense of justice, and all who knew him felt that he walked 
with God. 

Like many others of the fathers of Methodism, he was mighty in 
prayer. When he began to wrestle with God in the old Seymour 
basement we all felt that it was time to prepare for a blessing, for God 
was on the giving hand. And his faith was shown by his works. 
During the last nine years of his life, though a poor man, he gave 
over $1,500 to the Missionary Society of our Church, besides what he 
gave to other departments of Christian work, every cent of which he 
earned by hard toil at his bench as a shoemaker. 

He. would work and save till $100 was accumulated, and then send 
it to the secretary in New York. Few things are more touching than 
the dear old man's solicitude to make up the last hundred. Sickness 
had come upon him, and great physical suffering, but yet he toiled on 
at the bench, living frugally, and saving, almost literally, every penny 
that he received, in order to get another hundred for the heathen. It 
was not God's will, and with a sad heart he said at last to his daughter. 
"I must give over; I can't make it up." Brave old man! though 
dead he will still live in many lives made more beautiful by his ex- 
ample and his deeds. Joseph Pullman. 



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